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Houston-based real estate investment trust $WRI reported a jump in 1Q16 earnings driven by gain on sale and acquisition of real estate joint venture and partnership interests. Net income rose to $107.57MM or $0.85 per share from $45.42MM or $0.36 per share last year. Revenues grew to $132.42MM from $125.6MM.
$AMZN announced the opening of The Spheres, its newest Seattle HQ buildings which have no enclosed offices or conference spaces. The Spheres feature treehouse meeting rooms, river and waterfall features, a four-story living wall, and epiphytic trees. The project created more than 600 full-time jobs, and is part of a more than $4Bil investment.
$CDR's BoD has approved cash dividends of $0.453125 per share on its 7 ¼% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock and $0.40625 per share on its 6 ½% Series C Preferred Stock. Both are payable on February 20, 2018 to shareholders of record as of February 12, 2018.
$AMZN has chosen 20 metropolitan areas as proposed locations for HQ2, its second headquarters. These are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Montgomery County, Nashville, Newark, New York City, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Toronto and Washington DC.
$AMZN reviewed 238 proposals from across the US, Canada, and Mexico to host HQ2, its second headquarters in North America. The company has chosen 20 metropolitan areas for the next phase of the process. $AMZN expects to make a decision in 2018. The company plans to invest over $5Bil and create as many as 50,000 jobs at HQ2.
$AMZN said Amazon Music Unlimited will become available in Australia and New Zealand starting February 1, giving users access to a catalogue of more than 45MM songs and hundreds of playlists and personalised stations. New subscribers can sign up for a free 90-day trial of Amazon Music Unlimited for a limited time.
Industrial supplies company $FAST said its net sales grew 9% YoY to $323MM in December 2017. Daily average sales advanced 15% annually to $16.2MM, with sales in the US and the whole of North America growing 13% and 15% respectively. The company had 20,565 employees at the end of the month, up 5% compared to last year.
$FAST said its fastener division registered lower margin due to higher expenses in 4Q17, when profitability was impacted by the tax legislation. The company is aggressively investing in its onsite and e-commerce initiatives, and expects inventory position to improve further in 2018. Fastenal targets to sign 21000-23000 vending devices this year.
$FAST, a distributor of industrial supplies, said its 4Q17 profit rose sharply, helped by higher sales and benefits of the tax reform. Earnings advanced 32% YoY to $152MM or $0.53 per share. Sales grew 15% to $1.1Bil as strong demand resulted in an increase in new product signings. Daily sales of fastener products registered a double-digit growth.
Amazon Web Services, Inc., an $AMZN company, announced that Comcast Cable has selected AWS as its preferred public cloud infrastructure provider. Comcast Cable will expand its use of AWS by migrating material workloads and building new applications on AWS.
$BKS completed the mergers with Ouachita Independent Bank (OIB) in Louisiana and First State Bank of Central Texas (FSB) that were delayed for nearly four years, effective Jan. 15, 2018. The bank says the deal was finally approved by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Mississippi banking regulators.
$AMZN announced the Virtual Dash Button Service (VDBS), an SDK that allows third parties to offer virtual Dash Buttons on their screened devices. Virtual Dash Buttons are shortcuts that allow Prime members to quickly find and reorder products from a selection of millions of eligible products.